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Bhutan: Strengthening Democracy- the Local Government Elections: Update No. 117

Note No. 775                                 Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is eight years since democracy was introduced in Bhutan.  It has already had two elections at the national level, with one resulting in a change of government and two elections to the National Council. Elections were peaceful and orderly.

Bhutan: Recent Developments: Update No. 116

Note No. 770                                    Dated 28-Aug-2016
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Bhutan was declared as the most peaceful country in this region and is ranked 13th among the 163 countries in the world on the Global Peace Index.  This index is compiled periodically by the Institute for economics and peace ( IEP).
 

Bhutan: Kuensel’s Year Ender; An Objective Appraisal: Update No. 115

Note No. 763                                                  Dated 15-Apr-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

After every year, Kuensel the semi official newspaper from Bhutan, comes out with a study and analysis of events of the past year in that country.

Though the articles in the “year ender” may seem excessively adulatory, it has over the years earned a reputation of being fairly objective. Where criticism is due, the paper has not spared.

Bhutan: In praise of Gyalpo IV - Update No. 114

Note No. 758                                         Dated 12-Jan-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Bhutan celebrated the 60th birthday of Gyalpo 4, the father of the present King in a grand manner on the 11th of November.  A series of celebrations is being planned for the whole year.  A book that is a collection of articles by various important people who had known the King with the title “The Bodhisattva King” by Tshering Tashi and Thierry Mathou is soon to be released. 

Bhutan and its Hydro Power: Update No. 113

Note No. 753                                    Dated 24-Nov-2015
 
By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan
 
Bhutan’s fast flowing rivers, deep gradients, huge gorges and sparse population make the country ideal for harnessing hydro power potential at a very low cost with  minimum displacement of human settlements and related rehabilitation issues.  
 

Relations with India: Where Bhutan gains, Nepal has lost: Update No. 112

Note No. 752                                    Dated 20-Nov-2015
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
If the Prime Minister of a neighbouring country makes an open accusation in his televised address to the nation, then it is something serious and needs to be examined.   In the instant case, Prime Minister K. P. Oli in his address to the nation accused India of imposing a blockade which he described as cruel, inhumane and beyond imagination. 
 

Bhutan: The Need to tackle recent problems of Corruption with a firm hand: Update No. 111

Note No. 743                                     Dated 10-Sep-2015
 
By Dr.  Chandrasekharan
 
For a young democracy that is moving along in a stable environment with all its institutions doing reasonably well, it is surprising that corruption has started rearing its ugly head with many seniors involved.  Unless this is met with a firm hand there is the danger of the problem getting out of hand as it has happened in other neighbouring countries of the region.
 

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